Accessing Childhood Memories to Renew Joy in Daily Life

Healing Power of Childhood Memories Children have an innocent and direct connection to the essential joy of life. Even when you see tired or irritable adults dragging through a grocery store, the children with them are usually smiling or interested in everything or just apparently happy with being in the moment. Adults who have lost […]

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Using Anxiety as a Motivator

How to Make Anxiety Work for You When you go on a job interview, attend an event with lots of new people, or just have too many obligations with family or work without enough time to rest and rejuvenate, it’s natural to experience some degree of anxiety. Individuals handle anxiety in different ways, but a […]

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How to Confront the Intrusive Thoughts of OCD

The Emotional Distress of OCD The intrusive and overwhelming thoughts that come with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, can feel like a “tsunami of emotional distress.” That’s how Wajahat Ali describes OCD in his New York Times article, “OCD: My Exhausting Best Friend.” OCD is an anxiety disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, recurring thoughts […]

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How to Balance the 3 Major Relationships in Life

Integrating Our Lives: Work, Self and Relationships In our 24/7 society, staying busy with work, family, relationships, home and community to the point of exhaustion is often viewed as a sign of success. In the long run, this overwhelming “busy-ness” can cause problems like anxiety or sleep disorders, as well as relationship issues. Trying to […]

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Finding the Right Therapist

Finding the Therapist Who is a Best Match for You The three most important things to consider when choosing a therapist are trust, comfort level and professional qualifications. Every person will seek counseling for specific reasons, and each person has a unique and complex past and personal story. So your goal is to do some […]

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Mindfulness Can Change Brain Patterns of Depression

Research using Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, at Harvard Medical School shows that for some people with depression, the brain patterns that occur with mindfulness meditation continue during other activities. That’s a promising discovery in the continuing efforts to explore options or complementary treatments for depression, along with psychotherapy or medication. Harvard neuroscientist Gaëlle Desbordes […]

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Digital Device Use Linked to ADHD in Teens

Frequent Use of Digital Devices Linked to ADHD in Teens A new study has found that teenagers who spend a lot of time on digital devices like smartphones checking social media and text messaging are more at-risk of developing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. The results of the two-year study by a team of […]

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How #MeToo is Affecting Men

Men are Increasingly on Edge The #MeToo movement has brought hundreds, even thousands, of complaints about sexual harassment and assault to the surface, most obviously about famous men, starting with film mogul Harvey Weinstein, with many Hollywood women finally speaking out about unwanted advances. This type of public conversation traveling like wildfire across TV, newspapers […]

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How Meditation Can Help Us Let Go of “Perfection”

“There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying Yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.” Tara Brach Letting Go of Perfection with Mindfulness There is a strange paradox in the ideas we hold for ourselves in terms of perfection. On the one hand, when we expect nothing less of ourselves than perfection, we […]

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Developing Insight Through Mindfulness Meditation

Insight Meditation One of characteristics of mindfulness meditation that makes it different from other forms of meditation is insight. Sometimes called Vipassana or insight meditation, mindfulness meditation moves beyond calming the mind to observing how it functions. According to Jon Kabat-Zinn mindfulness meditation “is the embrace of any and all mind states, without preferring one […]

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